This course will give you the skills and qualifications to meet the UK Government's teacher-training requirement, and work in further, adult and community education in England and Wales. You’ll have the opportunity to take the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification, accepted world-wide by employers of English language teachers.
Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of a bridge language for many cultures all over the world, and help others learn it too?
Many employers now require a high proficiency in English, meaning English language teachers are in more demand than ever, both in the UK and overseas.
This course will help you explore the nature and mechanics of the English language. You’ll be introduced to many issues in applied linguistics and language studies, like semantics, phonetics and phonology, and learn to apply them to a range of contexts.
You can choose to study the entire syllabus for the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) - both methodology and teaching practice modules. In these components, which must be completed in one year, you’ll take part in supervised lesson planning, observation and assessed teaching practice, with feedback from experienced CELTA tutors.
On our other modules, you’ll follow the evolution of the English Language and its teaching through to the modern day, and learn to collect and analyse the 'real' language you hear in everyday life.
You’ll have the choice of investigating areas such as newspaper and advertising language, or political rhetoric, and you’ll even get the chance to study a foreign language from beginner or elementary level.
Finally, your major project will allow you to research the topic of your choice under the supervision of an expert English language tutor.
Course Leader: Sarah Fitt
With both the BA (Hons) and the CELTA qualifications under your belt, you’ll be perfectly placed for a career as an English language teacher all over the world.
But you’re not limited to teaching. Our past graduates have entered many different professions, including the media, import-export, travel and tourism, computing, business, human resources as well as other roles in the language industries.
You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of assessment, such as unseen examinations, in-class assessments, essays, portfolios, and assessed presentations. Most of our modules include a practical element, as well as other opportunities to show your learning, like non-assessed discussions and presentations, language laboratory work or class exercises.
If you take the CELTA component, your teaching practice assessment will be based on classroom-related written assignments and the continuous assessment of your lesson plans and teaching.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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